Internet Providers in San Carlos, CA
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Residential Internet Statistics for San Carlos, CA
|Fastest Speed Available:||2,000 Mbps|
|Average Plan Price:||$54.39|
Most Popular Residential Internet Providers in San Carlos, California
Internet Access in San Carlos, California
DSL infrastructure and Fiber infrastructure make up the most common hardwired broadband networks throughout San Carlos, with close to one hundred percent and 86.73 percent availability. Even considering cable networks or DSL networks trend more financially viable, fiber optical networks are better designed to handle digital data transit, and offer overall better performance. As a result of the prevalence of Fiber in San Carlos, the city's unweighted average download rate of 163.21 Mbps is 78.86 percent above the California state average (currently 34.5 Mbps). Even so, the Internet speed and performance at individual addresses may vary along with the quality of the "last mile" connection.
The broadband packages shown here are collected by hand by our data team. We've aggregated 419 plans in San Carlos since 2014.
Most households within San Carlos have more than one ISPs to choose from. The map provided below shows how competition changes around the city.
Coverage from Viasat Internet and HughesNet, generally, will overlap. As a result, the decision between Viasat and HughesNet is a common one in San Carlos.
While the main providers are HughesNet and Viasat, XFINITY from Comcast is also in San Carlos with service in practically one hundred percent of addresses and a recorded top speed of 987 Mbps. Fixed wireless plans from companies like Etheric Networks connect their subscribers to as much as 80 Mbps using wireless hardware. There are 10 providers with specialized enterprise-level connections like T1 and MPLS. See the interactive map on the page below to see how many options are available at the census block level.
- There are 18 internet providers in San Carlos with 10 of those offering residential service
- San Carlos is the 86th most connected city in California ahead of San Mateo, Menlo Park, Belmont, and Atherton, but behind Redwood City.
- The fastest zip code in San Carlos for April 2021 is 94070. (see all below).
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Summary Of Fastest Internet Providers In San Carlos, California
|Provider||Speed||Type||Time To Download 1 GB|
|EarthLink Fiber||1,000 Mbps||Fiber||8s|
|XFINITY from Comcast||1,200 Mbps||Cable||6s|
|AT&T Fiber||940 Mbps||Fiber||8s|
|AT&T Internet||100 Mbps||IPBB||1m 21s|
|EarthLink||100 Mbps||DSL||1m 21s|
|Viasat Internet||100 Mbps||Satellite||1m 21s|
|Sonic||80 Mbps||DSL||1m 42s|
|HughesNet||25 Mbps||Satellite||5m 27s|
Summary of Internet Providers Availability in San Carlos, California
- EarthLink - DSL - 99.6% Availability in San Carlos - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
- AT&T Internet - IPBB - 98.3% Availability in San Carlos - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
- Xfinity - Cable - 99.9% Availability in San Carlos - Speeds up to 1,200 Mbps
- AT&T Fiber - Fiber - 86.7% Availability in San Carlos - Speeds up to 940 Mbps
- EarthLink - Fiber - 86.4% Availability in San Carlos - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
- Sonic - DSL - 25.3% Availability in San Carlos - Speeds up to 80 Mbps
- Sonic - Fiber - 54.0% Availability in San Carlos - Speeds up to 2,000 Mbps
- Viasat - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in San Carlos - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
- HughesNet - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in San Carlos - Speeds up to 25 Mbps
Internet Providers in Nearby Cities
The “Connected” metric is a citywide average based on FCC data showing the density of broadband options at the census block level.
This statistic is drawn from the population in census blocks not served by at least one wired broadband provider.
Fiber coverage data is sourced from FCC Form 477 filings and cross-validated through BroadbandNow with private datasets and direct provider reporting.
This coverage statistic is based on a mix of FCC and private provider reporting in the past two quarters.
Zip-based speed averages are calculated from M-Labs consumer speed tests run by IP addresses in the area.
25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload is the minimum speed for an Internet connection to be classified as “Broadband” by the FCC.
Working from Home in San Carlos
San Carlos has 860 workers operating primarily from home via telecommuting. 50.81 of them take home less than $75,000 per year. San Carlos features a high amount of Fiber coverage, so it's to be expected that telecommuting might be common for locals. It's a robust network service that easily supports cloud apps, video conferencing, and many other intensive work-related use cases. Among the portion of San Carlos that census records identify as working from home, 50.81 Within home office workers in San Carlos, 50.81% make less than $75,000 per year. If you're installing home WiFi for telecommuting, it's important to check the data limits on your plan. Some home Internet plans in San Carlos have data limits. This can be frustrating if you use a lot of data for work purposes like video conferencing, etc. Business connections should be provided for those who need more than a typical consumer-grade bundle.
Data Caps on San Carlos Internet Plans
Internet providers have been moving to impose "data caps" onto their residential Internet packages lately. The trend is certainly true for San Carlos, with providers like Xfinity adding plans with data caps. This won't really matter for most residents, but it is liable to affect households who share their connection with family or friends or "power users" who download or upload a lot of high-def video. If you are concerned about staying under a set amount of data use, look for fiber plans in the area using the search tool at the top of this page. Fiber is sometimes a bit higher priced. However, they can provide non-capped data without throttling because fiber-optic line doesn't share limited bandwidth seen with cable and DSL.
Summary Of Internet Providers In San Carlos
|AT&T Internet||IPBB||98.3%+||100 Mbps|
|Etheric Networks||Fixed Wireless||100%||80 Mbps|
|XFINITY from Comcast||Cable||99.9%+||1,200 Mbps|
|AT&T Fiber||Fiber||86.7%+||940 Mbps|
|EarthLink Fiber||Fiber||86.4%+||1,000 Mbps|
|Viasat Internet||Satellite||100%||100 Mbps|
|Etheric Networks||Fixed Wireless||100%||80 Mbps|
|Comcast Business||Cable||99.5%+||987 Mbps|
|Sonic Business||DSL||21.4%+||80 Mbps|
|Sonic Business||Fiber||39.6%+||2,000 Mbps|
|Sonic Business||Copper||39.6%+||2,000 Mbps|
|GTT Communications||DSL||21.8%+||8 Mbps|
|Vast Networks||Fiber||14.6%+||1,000 Mbps|
|Verizon Business||Copper||7.0%+||50 Mbps|
|TPx Communications||Copper||6.3%+||1.5 Mbps|
|Crown Castle Fiber||Fiber||0.9%+||1,000 Mbps|
Compare San Carlos to the 5 largest cities in the US
|City||Average Download Speed||Number of Providers||Average Cost per Mbps|
|San Carlos||163.2 Mbps||10||$0.28 ( + $0.00 )|
|New York||415.4 Mbps ( +252.2 Mbps )||15 ( +5 )||$0.54 ( + $0.00 )|
|Los Angeles||118.9 Mbps ( -44.3 Mbps )||17 ( +7 )||$0.23 ( $0.00 )|
|Chicago||116.2 Mbps ( -47 Mbps )||14 ( +4 )||$0.26 ( $0.00 )|
|Houston||127.4 Mbps ( -35.8 Mbps )||23 ( +13 )||$0.24 ( $0.00 )|
|Philadelphia||127.6 Mbps ( -35.6 Mbps )||8 ( -2 )||$0.34 ( + $0.00 )|